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In 'Good Booty,' Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 6:00am

Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it's easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America's obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Look At Literary Adaptations

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:31pm

TV and movie producers are looking to the shelves for inspiration: a number of popular shows and films this year started as books.

40 Years After His Death, Elvis Presley Still Draws Large Crowds

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:31pm

Elvis Presley died 40 years ago today in Memphis, Tenn. Tens of thousands of fans have gone to his Graceland home to commemorate the singer.

In 'Defenders,' Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:20pm

Netflix's plan was to take relatively minor or underused Marvel titles and heroes, and star them in their own season-long TV series. After that, they'd feature them together in an all-star team-up.

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3 Romances For Your August Escape

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00pm

The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we've got three romances that'll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.

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An Oddball Family That Can't Connect In 'How To Behave In A Crowd'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:00am

Camille Bordas keeps things light in her smart, charming new novel, but there are serious underpinnings to this story about the youngest member of a family of quirky, emotionally closed overachievers.

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Rachel Martin's High School Reunion

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

Rachel Martin graduated from Idaho Falls High School 25 years ago. She's checking in with some of the people she knew in high school — including Eric Hsu, who served as her senior class president.

'The Once And Future Liberal' Looks At Shortfalls Of American Liberalism

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Mark Lilla, author of the book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which looks at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.

Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:29pm

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

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'Home Fire' Puts A Topical Spin On Ancient Greek Tragedy

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 9:00am

Kamila Shamsie's new book — beautifully written and paced — updates the ancient story of Antigone to tell an explosive story of two families tangled together by love, grief and religious radicalism.

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'Hail To The Chin': B-List Actor Bruce Campbell Returns With A Memoir Of Middle Age

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 6:00am

Campbell's second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor's ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.

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Be More Than A Bookstore: A Brick-And-Mortar Shop's Key To Success

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:53am

Barnes & Noble is experimenting with food, Amazon is replicating its online business and an indie shop aims to be part of the community. Ultimately, they all want to sell more books.

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Jury Rules In Favor Of Taylor Swift In Groping Lawsuit

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 6:43pm

The jury ruled in favor of the pop superstar on Monday, in a high profile case in which she accused a Denver radio disc jockey of groping her. Swift did not report the incident at the time in 2013.

Jury Begins Deliberations In Taylor Swift Groping Trial

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:33pm

A jury hears closing arguments and may render a verdict on countersuits between Taylor Swift and a Denver disc jockey who allegedly groped her at a publicity event. A judge threw out the disc jockey's claim that Swift unfairly had him fired, but the case continues against her mother and others on her team.

After Mastectomy, Young Woman's Tattoo Helps Her Feel Whole Again

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:33pm

Nicole was only 23 when she had a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis. After she recovered, Nicole got a chest tattoo that symbolized how she wants to live life after cancer.

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 2:25pm

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

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'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 5: 'We're All On The Same Side'

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:00am

In "Eastwatch," a long-missing character returns, some very scruffy avengers assemble, and Sam finally uncovers a vitally important piece of information. That he completely ignores.

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Woody Harrelson On 'Glass Castle' Dad Whose Rages And Redemptions Loomed Large

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 7:33am

The film tells the story of writer Jeannette Walls' tortured upbringing. Harrelson plays Walls' father, Rex, an alcoholic who is determined to defy convention.

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'Ghost Of The Innocent Man' Chronicles Justice Too Long Delayed

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 6:00am

Benjamin Rachlin's crisply-written new book tells the story of Willie Grimes, who spent 24 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit — and the tortuous legal struggle that eventually freed him.

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Not My Job: Football Hall Of Famer Jerry Rice Gets Quizzed On Hannah Montana

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 11:29am

In the 1980s, wide receiver Jerry Rice and quarterback Joe Montana formed one of the greatest offensive tandems in football. So we'll ask Rice about the other great Montana — Hannah.

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